Shela is a small village on Lamu island, 45 minutes walk from Lamu Town, situated at the point of the island, where the white sanded beach and the dunes strech out for a couple of hours undisturbed walking and pure bliss.
Shela has 2000 inhabitants and as a visitor you are very quickly recognized, welcomed and made to feel at home and comfortable. Kids are playing freely around, donkeys wonder through the small sandy lanes.
Beautifully restored old Swahili mansions and bougainvillea give the whole village a very colorful touch. Life in Shela is very peaceful and calm, where the muezzin rules the rhythm of the day and the locals still take time to discuss the daily life sitting under a huge acacia tree.
For more insight and information, as well as a beautiful photobook on Lamu visit the David Deveson website.
The white and deserted sandy beaches of Shela, sailing on a dhow, streets just wide enough for one fully laden donkey to pass, Swahili women dressed in black bui bui, their hands painted with henna, the colorful beach boys singing “Hakuna Matata, Don’t worry be Happy”, the rich Swahili culture and the warm welcome of the inhabitants make your visit to Lamu an unforgettable experience and a place you will want to return